January 11, 2022
A Message from CBI Board President, Alan Tochterman
From the beginning of the COVID outbreak, CBI’s Covid Committee has attempted to adapt to the ongoing needs of our community with a primary focus on safety. To date, our biggest challenge has been to establish protocols in the middle of an ever-changing environment.
The Omicron Variant has complicated matters even further because of the constant barrage of contradictory information. It has been challenging for the committee to communicate a clear and comprehensive policy for our community when the data changes so frequently. To that end, the committee has come up with the following revised (as of January 11, 2022) guidelines: 1. Our ultimate goal is to have all participants fully vaccinated in order to attend in-person events. 2. “Fully Vaccinated” under this definition means all vaccinations on the scheduled timelines, including booster shots, plus an additional two weeks for the booster to take effect. a. This includes children aged 5 years and older. b. As this may take some time, all children 5 years and older attending CBI events, including Shul School, should have vaccines in process, even if they are not fully vaccinated at present, and get the next in series when due, or as soon as practical. 3. Masks and social distancing will be required at all in-person events. 4. Maximum occupancy of the building during an event will continue to be limited to 50 people. 5. Any food will be served outdoors only, in single servings (grab and go) or served by a server. People may eat at tables within their family pods or at adequate distances from others. 6. People who are sick, regardless of the nature of the illness, should not come to the Synagogue. The pandemic is a continually unfolding event. As things change either positively or negatively, the Covid Committee will meet regularly to see if these guidelines need revision, and will communicate with the CBI community. We want to ensure you that the needs of our community are being met with an emphasis on safety. If you have any questions about this, please contact me. Thank you for your support and commitment to the Jewish Community of the North State. Alan Tochterman President, CBI Board of Directors